University Park Airport Ideal Destination for Slimmer Air Force One

The President and members of his staff and cabinet, including Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, arrived at University Park Airport aboard Air Force One, a Boeing C-32.

Now this isn’t the plane most people would expect when they think about Air Force One. Sure it has the same paint job as its VC-25A counterpart, but the plane used Thursday is significantly smaller than the version pictured in films like Air Force One.

Though the C-32 is more often used as Air Force Two when it transports Vice President Joe Biden, the plane President Obama used to visit Penn State is better for locales with short runways. In fact, the airfield at University Park could not accommodate the VC-25A (the typical Air Force One) even if its fuel tanks were completely empty.

Even though we didn’t get to see the Air Force One made famous by pop culture this week, the University Park airport definitely received the most important visitor it will for the foreseeable future.

Good thing the university opened a new control tower this fall— even if it’s not operating yet.

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Stefan Choquette

Stefan is currently a Junior Integrative Arts major with a background in Computer Science. Stefan is a veteran of the US Air Force and is currently enrolled in ROTC to return as an officer after graduation. Stefan is a founding brother of Phi Kappa Sigma and a licensed private pilot. Stefan formally served as our Editor of Photography, and now helps with staff photography.

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